To promote the widespread use of its energy standard, ASHRAE (Atlanta) is working with several organizations to encourage its adoption in model energy codes. ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1-2001, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, which provides the minimum requirements for the design of energy efficient buildings, incorporates 34 new addenda. The standard is written in mandatory language and is intended for code use.
"ASHRAE's policy is to work on a non-exclusive basis with all recognized code organizations to have ASHRAE standards used as widely as possible," Bruce Hunn, ASHRAE's director of technology, said. Standard 90.1-2001 is expected to be referenced in the 2003 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). At the April 2002 code change hearings of the International Code Council (ICC), ASHRAE's proposal that the IECC update its reference from Standard 90.1-1999 to the 2001 standard was approved by the IECC Code Development Committee. Final action on this proposed change will take place at ICC this fall.